Bloaters’ reserve side hits double figures

With Great Yarmouth’s first team and Under-18s both being without games last week due to external factors, the Reserves took centre stage and did so in style; they broke a 34-year record when they won 10-1 against bottom side Whitton United Reserves.

The last time a Yarmouth Reserve side recorded double figures at the Wellesley was February 22, 1976 when they hammered Long Stratton 12-0 in the Anglian Combination, writes Gerry Brown.

It was their first season upon being reformed after an eight-year break and two players — Dave Tungate and Micky Calver — scored five apiece in that goal spree.

The 1976 Reserves followed that with a 10-0 away win the next week and their record-breaking season in the Combination’s then-lowest division also saw them score two nines, an eight and four sevens on their way to 145 goals and promotion to Division Three. The team was managed by Mel Antcliffe, the former first-team goalkeeper.

The Ridgeons Premier side resume action tomorrow with a home game against Stanway Rovers (kick-off 3pm), still looking for their first win at the Wellesley this season.

The last time Stanway visited Yarmouth they were celebrating their promotion to the Premier Division after 14 seasons in Division One, and they recorded a 5-0 Wellesley win in the final game of the 2005-2006 season, Yarmouth’s first-ever season in the lower section following relegation.

Stanway, from near Colchester, have performed well in their time in the Premier Division maintaining a top-half place and last season recording a best-ever finish of fifth place under new manager Steve Downey

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Last week, they won a place in this season’s FA Vase second round with a 4-0 home win over London APSA.

Stanway are currently in 15th place but have games in hand. They have drawn at both Brantham and FC Clacton, the two teams promoted with Yarmouth last May, and in their last league match beat Wroxham 2-1 at home.

Yarmouth also host Wroxham this coming Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

The Bloaters were handed another try at beating Norwich United, this time in the League Cup.

The Plantation Park outfit, managed by former Yarmouth boss Paul Chick and now including former Yarmouth star striker Stewart Roach amongst their players, will return to the Wellesley on Tuesday, October 26, scene of their FA Cup triumph in August, to see if they can repeat the dose in the first round of the Ridgeons competition.

Yarmouth Reserves take another step in the Norfolk Junior Cup tomorrow when they visit Norwich Business Houses League side Mousehold Athletic (kick-off 2pm). In their first round match the Reserves defeated Acle United Reserves 3-2 while Mousehold had a bye.

The Bloaters’ Under-18 youth side visit Cromer Town on Thursday (kick-off 7.45pm) for an Eastern Division section match.

Following their debut match which they drew 2-2 with Aylsham at the Wellesley, the new Great Yarmouth Town FC Ladies’ team has won both their next two matches away from home, beating Dereham 5-0 and Stalham 2-0 and currently sit top of the Norwich Women’s League Division One.

This week the Ladies face a tough match against Bungay who will be buoyed by their 5-0 victory in the Ladies’ FA Cup last Sunday.